Things To Bring With You

1. Uniforms

  • General. You will need all of their uniforms at Quantico, from field/utility to full dress uniform. The normal rule regarding uniform attire is that you should wear your service’s equivalent to whatever the prescribed Marine Corps uniform is for that day or event.
  • Uniform of the day (UOD). Normally, Monday – Friday the Marine Corps UOD is the seasonal Service Uniform.
    • During daylight savings time (March – November), the uniform is Service “C” - short sleeve khaki shirt, NO TIE, and green trousers (usually referred to as “Charlies”)
    • Before and after daylight savings time (November – March), the uniform is Service “B” - long sleeve khaki shirt and tie, green trousers (usually referred to as “Bravos”)
    • On occasions when a business suit is considered appropriate, the Service “A” uniform (usually referred to as “Alphas”) may be prescribed. Alphas consist of the Service B uniform plus coat
    • Each of these are worn with the small cloth garrison cap
  • Dress uniforms. Certain formal occasions, such as the Marine Corps Birthday Ball and the MCU Graduation Ceremony, require dress uniform.
  • Civilian clothes may be worn when not on duty. The average temperature at Quantico is 56 degrees Fahrenheit (13 degrees Celsius). Winters are fairly cold, but the coldest days rarely go below 20 degrees Fahrenheit (-7 degrees Celsius). It is not uncommon to have more than a foot (30 cm) of snow on the ground. Summers are hot and humid (damp); most summer days are in the nineties (32-37 degrees Celsius).

2. Money for expected expenses.

The following is an example of expenses you should be prepared to pay during the first month at Quantico. These figures are based on a family of two adults and three children living off-base.

Motel for 3 days, while waiting quarters. $400 to $600
Deposit with landlord to cover any damages to the house while it is occupied by the student. If the student leaves the house undamaged, this money will usually be returned to them. (The deposit is usually equal to one month’s rent.) $1,500 to $3,000
Deposit with utility companies for gas, electricity, and telephone. This money will usually be returned to when the student leaves. (For officers living in on base housing, no deposits or payments for water and electricity are required.)

$200 to $300

Cost of gas, water, electricity, cable and telephone. These utilities may cost as much as $200 during the cold winter season and much less during the summer. Average monthly cost is: $250 to $400
Rent for a 3-bedroom unfurnished house. $3,000 to $4,000
Furniture rental, including a TV set and washing machine $800 to $1,200
Used automobile (average 5 years old) $5,000 to $8,000
Reserve for automobile repair $500 to $700
Automobile insurance (6 months) $400 to $600

$600 to $800

Miscellaneous: kitchen utensils, school supplies, small items for home, laundry, recreation, postage

$150 to $200


First month total (approximately)$13,000 to 17,800

3. Two official forms of identification for yourself & each family member.

Your passport will be your primary form of official identification; however, you will need a second ID in English for some administrative requirements.

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